UCLA Rumors & News

  • John Calipari finds the positive in LaVar Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "There may no longer be any Balls associated with the UCLA basketball program, but that does not mean LaVar Ball questions do not come up in relation to the team’s games. Ahead of Saturday’s UCLA-Kentucky game at the CBS Sports Classic, Wildcats head coach John Calipari was asked about Ball...." December 23

  • UCLA's Cody Riley, Jalen Hill will remain suspended throughout season

    USA Today "The two UCLA men’s basketball players who allegedly shoplifted in China alongside LiAngelo Ball will remain suspended throughout the current season, the school announced on Friday. Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and Ball were detained by Chinese authorities in November before they gained their release...." December 22

  • Shareef O'Neal: I Spoke with LaMelo He's Pumped About Lithuania!

    TMZ "Shareef O'Neal isn't just a stud basketball player -- he's also got some reporting chops ... and he's got the inside scoop on LaMelo Ball. Shaq's son was at the TDE Watts Christmas Charity Concert when he told us he spoke with LaMelo about his move to play pro ball in Lithuania ... and told us..." December 22

  • Despite Not Being on Team Anymore, LiAngelo Ball Was Featured on UCLA Game Tickets

    Complex "LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball, was featured on tickets for the UCLA Basketball team's home game against Cincinnati. Only problem is LiAngelo doesn't play for them anymore. He left the school after getting caught shoplifting while in China. Ball, who was a freshman,..." December 17

  • LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball’s Lithuanian coach sells meat out of his trunk to players

    Clutch Points "LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are headed to Lithuania to play professional basketball for Vytautas Prienai, a club that hardly anyone outside of Europe will have heard of prior to the Balls’ signing. For those interested in getting a sense of what Vytautas Preinai is about, ESPN’s college and..." December 14

  • LiAngelo Ball says UCLA made him apologize to Donald Trump

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball has been in an off-and-on public dispute with Donald Trump since Ball refused to thank the president for his role in helping his son LiAngelo avoid shoplifting charges in China. Heck, even LiAngelo thanked Trump when he gave a speech apologizing for his actions. But apparently the..." December 13

  • LaVar Ball not worried about any culture shock for LiAngelo and LaMelo in Lithuania

    CBS Sports "In a shocking turn of events, Lonzo Ball's younger brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, will be playing professional basketball this season in Lithuania. The two signed their contracts for BC Prienai earlier this week, and are expected to report early in January. It will be a big change going from..." December 13

  • LaVar Ball: LiAngelo, LaMelo sign with agent, will play overseas

    ESPN "LaVar Ball told ESPN that his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed with agent Harrison Gaines, ending any speculation that LaMelo will play college basketball. The plan is now for both to play on the same team overseas. "I don't care about the money," LaVar Ball said on Thursday morning...." December 07

  • LaVar Ball Says China Would Love to Have LiAngelo Back for His Pro Career

    TMZ "LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports China would be PUMPED on his son, LiAngelo, coming back to their country to play pro ball ... now that he's done at UCLA. We got LaVar and LiAngelo at LAX ... and the Big Baller dad told us the door's wide open for his middle child to hoop in the same place he was..." December 07

  • LaMelo Ball's chance at playing for UCLA likely ends after agent's contact

    USA Today "LaVar Ball pulled his son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA on Monday to prepare him for the NBA draft despite not being an NBA prospect. In doing so, that decision looked to effectively end 16-year-old LaMelo Ball’s UCLA career as well. Though LaVar has claimed that LaMelo’s commitment to UCLA remains..." December 07

  • Report: UCLA 'happy' LiAngelo Ball is gone

    Sportsnaut "LaVar Ball removed his son, LiAngelo Ball, from UCLA on Monday. According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi, the Bruins are more than fine with that decision. “I TALKED TO SOMEONE AT UCLA LAST NIGHT AND THEY WERE HAPPY, TO BE HONEST, TO MOVE ON,” MARKAZI SAID IN A “SPORTS CENTER” INTERVIEW. “LISTEN, THEY..." December 06

  • Steve Alford 'surprised' to learn LiAngelo Ball was leaving UCLA, hasn't talked to LiAngelo or LaVar

    ESPN "UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford said he was surprised Monday when he learned through various media reports that freshman LiAngelo Ball was leaving the program and withdrawing from school. Ball was one of three freshmen suspended indefinitely after a shoplifting incident in China in November..." December 06

  • LiAngelo Ball leaving UCLA is the best news Bruins could have gotten

    Los Angeles Times "After spending several weeks uncomfortably marinating in international embarrassment, the UCLA basketball team has finally received some good news. The Bruins are getting out of the Ball business. In an interview with The Times on Monday, LaVar Ball confirmed that he is pulling middle son..." December 05

  • LaVar Ball wants Donald Trump to say 'thank you' for sending him shoes

    Sporting News "LaVar Ball made another appearance on CNN Tuesday morning, addressing the fact that on Monday he took his son LiAngelo out of UCLA. The last time Ball was on CNN, it was to address his ongoing war of words with Donald Trump, and that's where Tuesday's interview began. LaVar says he sent some of..." December 05

  • LaVar Ball blames UCLA coaches for shoplifting drama in China

    USA Today "A day after LiAngelo Ball parted ways with UCLA, LaVar Ball blamed the Bruins' coaching staff for last month's shoplifting incident during a team trip to China. LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA players were detained on charges of stealing before their eventual release. "There's no..." December 05

  • LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball looking into playing professionally overseas

    Larry Brown Sports "LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball are considering playing professionally overseas and are looking into their options, according to a report. The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported on Monday night that the representative for both players began making contact with teams this week about the possibility of..." December 05

  • UCLA Coach Steve Alford Responded To LaVar Ball Pulling LiAngelo Out Of School

    Uproxx "LiAngelo Ball’s tenure at UCLA was short, yet eventful, even though the middle Ball brother never even touched the court for an actual game in a Bruins’ uniform. Ball was among the three UCLA players arrested for shoplifting in China, which became an international saga involving Donald Trump..." December 04

  • LaVar Ball says he will prepare LiAngelo better for NBA Draft than UCLA could

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball has made the decision to have his son LiAngelo quit the UCLA basketball team, and the elder Ball says the move is designed to better prepare the 19-year-old for the NBA Draft. LaVar confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Monday that LiAngelo is leaving UCLA, but he said there are no..." December 04

  • LaVar Ball Removes LiAngelo from UCLA

    TMZ "It's a stunning move ... LiAngelo Ball will no longer be on the UCLA basketball team and, in fact, he will not be a student at UCLA ... because his father, LaVar Ball, is removing him from the institution ... TMZ Sports has learned. As you know, LiAngelo was indefinitely suspended from the..." December 04

  • LaVar Ball's Big Baller Brand gets major boost

    USA Today "Whether it's sheer coincidence or brilliant marketing, a sports sponsorship company suggests that LaVar Ball used the days leading up to Thanksgiving to financially bolster his family's company, Big Baller Brand, thanks to the international visibility he garnered from a feud with President Donald..." November 23

  • Chinese law professor calls BS that Donald Trump saved UCLA players from prison time

    Sporting News - NCAAB "President Donald Trump called LaVar Ball "ungrateful" for not being more appreciative for getting his son and two other UCLA players out of five to 10 years in jail for a shoplifting charge in China. The only problem is a shoplifting charge apparently does not carry that kind of jail time..." November 23

  • Donald Trump Calls LaVar Ball a 'Poor Man's Don King without the Hair'

    TMZ "ONLY IN AMERICA!!!!!! Donald Trump is CONTINUING his war with LaVar Ball -- this time ripping him as the "poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair." Trump is clearly still pissed over LaVar's CNN interview -- in which Ball refused to thank POTUS for helping get his son LiAngelo..." November 22

  • Donald Trump calls LaVar Ball an 'ungrateful fool'

    USA Today "President Donald Trump referred to LaVar Ball as an "ungrateful fool" and "just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair" in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. Trump waited more than 24 hours to retaliate against Ball, who appeared on CNN on Tuesday night and again downplayed..." November 22

  • LaVar Ball refuses to thank Donald Trump in CNN interview

    Larry Brown Sports "The grudge match between LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump may be hitting new levels. Ball joined CNN on Monday night for an interview. Sitting in for Don Lemon was Chris Cuomo, and he had no idea what he was in for. Cuomo tried to grill Ball about Ball’s son, LiAngelo, being arrested..." November 21

  • White House: Trump Wasn't Serious About Leaving UCLA Players In China

    TMZ "Reeeeelax ... Donald Trump's mouthpiece says POTUS was only tweeting "rhetorically" when suggesting he should have left LaVar Ball's son in a Chinese jail. Yep. Sarah Huckabee Sanders just addressed the media ... and was asked about Trump's tweets in which he said LaVar was "unaccepting"..." November 20

  • Trump in response to LaVar: 'I should have left them in jail'

    ABC News "President Donald Trump shot back at LaVar Ball, who downplayed the president's role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players released after they were detained in China for questioning following shoplifting allegations. "I should have left them in jail," Trump tweeted Sunday...." November 19

  • Trump’s Social Media Director Goes After LaVar Ball on Twitter, So Yes We Legitimately Have a Trump vs. BBB Beef

    Black Sports Online "This is amazing. When 2017 started did you ever think we would have a LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump beef? What a time to be alive. Trump tried to take all the credit for bringing LiAngelo home after he stole some Louis Vuitton shades in China. LaVar spoke to ESPN and said Trump was..." November 19

  • LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump's role in UCLA freshmen's release

    ESPN "LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China as well as U.S. president Donald Trump's involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week. "Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he..." November 18

  • President Trump says 'you're welcome' to thankful UCLA players

    ESPN "President Donald Trump had wondered if he'd receive thanks from the three UCLA players whose release from China he helped secure following their arrest on shoplifting charges. He did. He had a response on Thursday. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley..." November 16

  • Sources: UCLA officials debating length of players' suspensions

    ESPN "There is an ongoing internal debate among UCLA officials about the proper discipline for the three freshmen basketball players who returned to the United States on Tuesday after admitting to shoplifting from three stores while on a team trip to China, multiple sources told ESPN. The school has..." November 16

  • LaVar Ball Returns to U.S. and Says 'We'll Be Good' with Trump

    TMZ " LaVar Ball tells TMZ Sports he expects to have an encounter with President Trump now that he's back in the U.S. ... and he expects it to go well. "We're gonna run into each other. We'll be good," LaVar said after touching down at LAX Wednesday night with his youngest son, LaMelo." November 16

  • Three UCLA basketball players held in China suspended indefinitely, offer apologies

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who have been suspended indefinitely by the Bruins, apologized at a news conference Wednesday morning about the incident in China that had them stay behind on a team trip after they were accused of shoplifting. At the end of the..." November 15

  • Trump Wants The Detained UCLA Players To Thank Him

    ESPN "President Donald Trump asked on Twitter whether the three UCLA basketball players released from detention in China on Tuesday will thank him for his help. UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting, landed..." November 15

  • ESPN’s Seth Greenberg yells that LiAngelo Ball should be suspended for a year, Jay Williams says “stop that”

    Awful Announcing "After LiAngelo Ball and UCLA Bruins teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were charged with shoplifting on a preseason trip to China, detained after the team’s departure, and eventually released and sent back to the U.S. following the intervention of U.S. president Donald Trump, there’s been a lot..." November 15

  • LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Reportedly Freed After Shoplifting Arrest

    NESN "Consider the international crisis averted. LiAngelo Ball and two other members of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been allowed to return home from China after being arrested on shoplifting charges, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday morning. Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were..." November 14

  • Report: UCLA players to face no legal repercussions in China

    247 Sports "It appears as though some political pressure from President Trump has helped the three UCLA Bruins basketball players who were detained in China on shoplifting charges do more than simply be able to come home. According to a report from Ben Bolch of the L.A. Times, not only were LiAngelo Ball,..." November 14

  • Trump asks Chinese president to help in UCLA case

    ESPN "President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in Hangzhou, The Washington Post reported Monday. The White House confirmed in an email to the..." November 13

  • LiAngelo Ball arrest creates issues for Ball family reality show

    Yardbarker "LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players have created a messy situation in China by reportedly shoplifting from three stores, and the Ball family’s reality TV show is unsure of how to handle the incident. TMZ reports that producers for “Ball in the Family” were in China documenting..." November 11

  • UCLA players accused of shoplifting could be held in China for 'a week or two'

    CNN "Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out. ESPN, citing a source with firsthand knowledge, reported Wednesday that LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and..." November 11

  • Bill Walton rips UCLA players on telecast for shoplifting arrest

    Larry Brown Sports "Bill Walton said his piece on Saturday about UCLA’s basketball players being arrested in China for shoplifting, and he did not hold back. Walton, who was a legend as a UCLA player, was on the call for ESPN’s telecast of the Bruins’ season-opener against Georgia Tech in China. As the game tipped..." November 11

  • LiAngelo Ball’s punishment could be 20 days in luxury hotel

    New York Post "The punishment for three UCLA players, who are accused of shoplifting in China, is starting to become clearer. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are expected to serve 20 days of house arrest in their Hangzhou Hyatt Regency for allegedly..." November 10

  • LiAngelo Ball, other UCLA players unlikely to face severe punishment, Chinese law experts say

    USA Today "Based on the reported details of the situation, it is unlikely that the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China this week will face severe punishment, three professors who specialize in Chinese law told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. ESPN reported that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill..." November 09

  • LiAngelo Ball Reportedly Could Face 3-10 Years in Jail for Shoplifting in China

    Bleacher Report "UCLA Bruins guard LiAngelo Ball and two other Bruins basketball players could serve three to 10 years in prison if convicted of shoplifting during a team trip to China, an unnamed lawyer told Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel Tuesday. Wetzel also spoke to William Nee, an Amnesty International researcher..." November 08

  • LaVar Ball says son LiAngelo's arrest in China 'ain't that big a deal'

    Sporting News - NCAAB "LaVar Ball said Wednesday his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China "ain't that big a deal," although the elder Ball also said he's lacking "intel" about the situation. The elder Ball later released a more measured response ESPN's Arash Markazi reported from Shanghai that..." November 08

  • Bob Knight criticizes John Wooden over UCLA recruiting practices

    ESPN "Saying "I've never been a Wooden fan," former Indiana coach Bob Knight criticized Hall of Fame UCLA coach John Wooden over the Bruins' recruiting practices during their historic run. Knight ripped UCLA for allowing booster Sam Gilbert to violate NCAA rules while he attempted to recruit players..." November 08

  • Three UCLA men's basketball players - including LiAngelo Ball -arrested in China for shoplifting

    Orange County Register "Chinese police were called to UCLA’s team hotel in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday to investigate an unknown matter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Both the UCLA and Georgia Tech men’s basketball teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou in preparation for their..." November 07

  • UCLA signs Steve Alford to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "The UCLA Bruins have officially signed head basketball coach Steve Alford to a one-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the program formally announced on Friday. Alford, who has been at the Bruins helm since 2013, most recently piloted UCLA to a 31-5 record thanks to a tremendous..." October 06

  • Jordan Clarkson 'LaMelo Ball Doesn't Need NCAA ... He's Gonna Be Rich!!'

    TMZ "Jordan Clarkson says it's no biggie if LaMelo Ball's ineligible to play college hoops ... 'cause he thinks the $395 signature shoe is gonna make the H.S. prodigy a ton of cash!! TMZ Sports spoke with the Lakers star about the BBB's "Melo Ball 1" and whether LaVar's decision to release the shoes..." September 09

  • LaVar Ball brushes off LaMelo eligibility concerns due to MB1 shoe, says NCAA 'not my boss'

    ESPN "If having a signature shoe ultimately costs 16-year-old LaMelo Ball his NCAA eligibility, his father, LaVar Ball, isn't worried about it. Given a choice between one or the other, LaVar said the priority is the shoe. "He's going to have a shoe," LaVar said Saturday night during his son's..." September 03

  • Steve Alford not worried about LaVar Ball meddling with UCLA team

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Alford UCLA LaVar Ball may be extremely outspoken and controlling with his sons, but those ways may not extend to the UCLA basketball team. At least Steve Alford is not worried about that. Alford told the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch that he does not see Ball’s potential meddling as an..." August 10